UP support science with bursaries

Posted on October 12, 2010

The Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University, Prof Cheryl de la Rey was one of the guest speakers at the gala event and emphasised the importance of nurturing the scientific talent and potential of the youth by supporting efforts that have a meaningful impact such as the Eskom Expo.

The Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences awarded three bursaries to the value of R72 000 to prospective students at the national finals on 2 October. This prestigious event also took place at the UP Sports Centre.

Nontobeko Mathenjwa, a Grade 12 learner from KwaZulu-Natal, not only won a UP bursary for next year but also walked away with the Derek Grey Memorial Award which will enable her to attend the Stockholm International Youth Science Seminar.

Michelle Venter and Elize Crafford, both Grade 11 learners from Pretoria, won bursaries for their first year of study in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences in 2012.

Mr Derek Hanekom, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology was present at the prize-giving ceremony where he congratulated all the participants and winners.

The Eskom Expo for Young Scientists National Finals provides a unique opportunity for young minds with bright ideas to showcase their research and innovation in Science, Technology, Engineering, Engineering and Innovation (STEMI). This initiative is aimed at encouraging academic excellence in STEMI education. Each year South Africa’s brightest and most promising young scientists and engineers are brought together to recognise their achievements and to encourage them to pursue their interests in science and technology.

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